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Purpose and People

Purpose and People 

Our purpose is Reimagining Seafood to Nourish Life.

Our secret to success is simple. It’s our people. 

High Liner Foods employs over 1100 people in Canada, the United States, China, Iceland and Thailand. We believe in building a high-performance organization by investing in our people. We are focused on developing future leaders from within, fostering individual capacity for leadership with personalized training and development plans for all employees.  

  • Our Executive Leadership Team

    Paul Jewer Headshot
    Paul Jewer, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D
    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Paul was appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer in December 2023. Previous to that he served as the Company's Chief Financial Officer, since February 2014, and continues to oversee this function. 

    Prior to joining High Liner Foods in 2014, Paul was CFO with Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery and food distributor. He is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA) and began his career with Ernst & Young LLP providing audit, tax, valuation and business advisory services for a variety of clients in various business sectors. Prior to joining Sobeys Inc. in 2003, he held a number of progressively senior finance positions in the technology sector.

    Paul graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University. In 1997 he received his Chartered Accountant's designation.  

    Paul is an Honorary Governor of the Board of Governors of Acadia University, having completed a seven year term as Chair of the Board. Paul is also past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Halifax Grammar School and is a member of the Advisory Board of FM Global Canada. Paul is a director of Sport Nova Scotia holding the position of Vice Chair Finance.

    Deepak Bhandari
    Deepak Bhandari
    Interim Chief Financial Officer

    Deepak was promoted to Interim Chief Financial Officer in January 2024.  He joined High Liner Foods in 2020 as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis and moved into an expanded role supporting strategic development.

    Prior to joining High Liner Foods, Deepak held a variety of Finance roles with Maple Leaf Foods Inc, Andrew Peller LTD and Ford Motor Company of Canada.

    Deepak holds a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from the University of Alberta and an MBA in Finance from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto.

    More recently, Deepak will be joining the University of Toronto (Victoria University) board as Vice Chair of the Finance, Pension and Audit committee.

    Anthony Rasetta Headshot
    Anthony Rasetta
    Chief Commercial Officer

    Anthony joined High Liner Foods in July 2021 as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). In this capacity, Anthony oversees the sales, marketing and innovation functions of the business. 

    Prior to joining High Liner Foods, Anthony held a variety of cross functional leadership roles at Mondelez International where he led customer and category development, revenue growth management and sales strategy and planning.

    Through the course of his career, Anthony has launched market innovations across the grocery aisles and is a skilled strategist driven by a passion for consumer brands.

    Anthony started his career at Kraft Foods Inc. and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto.

    Tom Jansen
    Tom Jansen
    Chief Supply Chain Officer

    Tom Jansen joined High Liner Foods in September 2023 as Chief Supply Chain Officer and leads the global end-to-end supply chain strategy and activities for the organization including procurement, manufacturing, quality assurance, transportation, and warehousing.

    Prior to joining High Liner Foods, Tom served as Senior Vice President, Ontario Division for Atlantic Packaging and also held senior operating roles in a number of organizations including American Iron and Metal, J.D. Irving, Whirlpool Corporation, A.T Kearney, Lafarge, and McKinsey & Company.

    Tom has deep expertise in global procurement and supply chains across a range of sectors and will bring a unique strategic lens to HLF supporting High Liner’s customers’ needs across North America.

    Tom earned his BA at McGill University, his MSc & MA at Georgetown University and his MMBA through McKinsey & Company.

    James Bishop
    James Bishop
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

    James joined High Liner Foods in April 2024 as Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. In this role, James oversees the legal functions of High Liner Foods and serves as corporate secretary to the board of directors. 

    Prior to joining High Liner Foods, James held progressively senior positions with WildBrain (TSX:WILD), most recently in the role of Executive Vice President, General Counsel where he was responsible for the global legal, business affairs, corporate secretary, and communications and trade marketing functions. James began his career as a lawyer with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto where he practiced corporate, securities and commercial law for clients in a wide variety of business sectors.

    James holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours in Psychology from Queen’s University and a JD/MBA from Dalhousie University – Schulich School of Law and School of Business Administration.

    Johanne McNally Myers Headshot
    Johanne McNally Myers
    Executive Vice President, Human Resources

    Johanne joined High Liner Foods in April 2019 as Vice President, Human Resources after providing consulting services to the Company since June 2018 and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Human Resources in July 2021. Johanne oversees the Company's People & Culture strategy which fosters a "people-first" focus on driving high performance through strong employee engagement and development support to ultimately achieve the Company's business objectives. 

    Johanne brings with her over 30 years of Human Resources experience and has held senior leadership roles for iconic Canadian companies such as Tim Hortons Inc. and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).  

    Johanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University, Ontario. She is an advisory board member for Helping Hands Healthcare and a volunteer at the Trillium Health Partners Mississauga Hospital.